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Roy Williams Breaks His Silence on P.J. Hairston

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We all know that the situation with P.J. Hairston’s rental car has been an absolute avalanche of bad publicity for the University of North Carolina, but to this point, they’ve hidden behind a wall of prudence by refusing to release statements.  Wanting to abstain from jumping the gun before all the details are laid out, there’s been very little word out of UNC officials, in spite of the maelstrom of media attention swirling around their star forward’s obviously bad decisions.  Apparently, enough’s enough for Roy Williams, who released this statement earlier today:

I initially decided not to make a statement about P.J. (Hairston) until the legal process had been finalized. I believe that is the fair way that everyone should be treated and is the way of our country.

P.J. and I have had several discussions already and he knows he has made serious mistakes and there will be serious consequences as a result. Certainly the idea of suspending P.J. has been discussed. However, he is not currently enrolled in summer school, is not practicing with the team and we have no games until November. There are several options available in terms of discipline, but we are going to wait until the process is complete to decide on those options.

Other issues have been written about recently that are disturbing and bother me deeply. Our basketball program is based on great ideals, and these issues are embarrassing. These are not common in my 10 years as head coach at UNC, and they will all be dealt with harshly and appropriately at the correct time to ensure that our program will not be compromised.

We will care about each individual, but there will be serious actions taken that will fix these issues. I take pride in our values and how we have conducted ourselves for a long time here at Carolina, and this time will pass, but it will be dealt with strongly.

We are talking about a program that has been a model of success on and off the court, and it will be again. I want to thank our fans for their patience, understanding and support.

Nobody with any sense of sportsmanship is happy that Hairston messed up, but the silence out of Chapel Hill as the school’s reputation kept taking hits was deafening.  And while there’s still a taste of “wait and see” in this statement, there’s a heavier dose of condemnation, too.  So now that Ol’ Roy’s promised a stern approach, what do you think?  Will he follow through with it, or just give Hairston the minimum, “slap on the wrist” punishment?  Or is it too little, too late, after the damage has already been done?

Either way, at this point it’s hard to tell whether Hairston will be available for Kentucky’s game at the Dean Dome on December 14th.  Do you want him to play so Carolina fans can’t pull the “You didn’t play us at full strength” card?  Or would you rather he sit out because… justice?

Article written by Corey Nichols

45 Comments for Roy Williams Breaks His Silence on P.J. Hairston



  1. shelbyjoje
    6:05 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    hmmmm,
    If ole Roy has his way, PJ will probably miss a couple exhibition games and that’s it. The NCAA, even IF they were to investigate will take 2 or 3 yrs to do it and it’ll eventually be swept under the rug. Roy knows that if PJ plays, the NCAA will NEVER do anything to UNC as they’re a sacred cow. Plus, as duke has demonstrated, all you have to do is clam up and the NCAA will say they don’t have a case. If, however, this were UK and Cal, NCAA investigators would already be in Lexington and would have already declared PJ ineligible for receiving benefits (rental car).



  2. Back To Back
    6:19 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Good. Between this and the Harrison twins being ineligible, the Cards will easily win it again.



  3. Ben
    6:22 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    If the NCAA has any credibility left whatsoever – Roy won’t have a decision to make.



  4. Sexington
    6:26 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    2) y’all turd faces barely beat Wichita state in a down year, and now you’re missing your center and point guard. Asshat



  5. Reality
    6:27 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    3) Yet, I’m sure you had no issue with the NCAA allowing a kid who can’t read play for UK. Bledsoe couldn’t read The Little Engine That Could, yet he got an A+ in algebra 3. The reason UK had him take that class in the summer was because his ACT was so low. He had to take a very tough course to boost his core grades. I doubt Bledsoe can even spell algebra.



  6. SleepieAce
    6:28 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    The Cards didn’t win it easily the first time.

    And I could care less who’s playing for UNC when we play them. They’ll lose regardless.



  7. Echo1
    6:29 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Let him play and let ncaa deal with it later. The hand of ncaa has been forced. If Roy has the guts to play him knowing all games could be vacated, do it.. I don’t see him doing it though.



  8. Cal'sBoobies
    6:30 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    4) In a “weak” year, Cow lost in the first round of the NIT to a wheelchair team. He also lost with 5 burger boys and Stein. What does that say for Cow’s “roll it out there” coaching style?



  9. Echo1
    6:30 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    I honestly hate louisville fans. It isn’t a friendly rivalry. It’s pure hate.



  10. Evil Shmatz
    6:31 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Were it George Zimmerman he would have already been judged guilty and thrown off the team.



  11. RoyBoy
    6:36 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Gahhhhsh I just love me some iiiiiiccccceeeee Cooooollllllddd Cokie-Cola on a hot summer day like this. Why can’t you all leave PJ alone? Sit back, and I’ll go grab ya a nice cold Coca Cola outta my office. I bet you can’t wait!



  12. huck
    6:39 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    I would like to see UNC treated like they would UK. I’m pretty sure that if a UK player was receiving thousands of dollars, along with the academic scandals that involved no telling how many players in several sports, UK would get the death penalty in several sports. Shut them down for a while – how about for as long as the academic scam was going on and take their games away from the start.



  13. 9-asty
    6:40 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Sounds like they are just going to try to push back this punishment until something else comes up that pushes this to the side so thy don’t have to deal with it too harshly.



  14. Ale-8-One
    6:41 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Shut Up, RoyBoy! Ale-8-One rules!



  15. ransmith
    6:53 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Well, I have 2 key thoughts on this. 1st, I hope the young man learns and matures from this, and gets himself straightened out. He has, or had, a great opportunity at UNC, but he is making some really foolish decisions. 2nd, I hope UNC is treated the same as any other college program. No special NCAA treatment, and when it is all over, the end resolution will be such that everyone will agree upon that.

    As for whether he plays when UK plays them, I could care less whether he does or not.

    With or without him, UNC is at “HOME”, a talented and more experienced team. UK will have their hands full!



  16. Dang
    7:00 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Per UK premium board, Javess Blue (uk juco wide receiver) will be ruled ineligible. He was supposed to come in a start.



  17. catGrad7072
    7:02 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Corey. I think the picture you want is Deputy Dawg.



  18. turdinals
    7:09 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    #8, You are an idiot. We lost our best player and game changer Nerlens last season. cal 4 pitino 1 since cal’s been here. Took cal 3 years to win a ship here, god knows how long it took pitino to get one for you turds i don’t feel like counting that many years. 8>3, Win 4 more ships in a row and we still have more. But it will prob take you all 27 years again lol haha, sucks to be a lousyville fan.



  19. theSkinny81
    7:12 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    5 – Hey Tardinal loser: Algebra has nothing to do with reading. Pick a side and stick to it. lol

    8 – And your NC Championship team squeaked out a 3 point win at home against our NIT team. Down year ≠ Dynasty….

    While I’d love for us to win #9 this year, I’d still call this year a success if we just beat the ever-loving-shit outta the Cards. Like UK-UF 2003. Dickie V saying how shameful it is that Ricky P and his NC team just got curb stomped by the Cats. “This is humiliation. Jam City. It’s an embarrassment. This Cats team is for real my friend. Where is the pride in the Louisville Tards? Where’s the pride in Rick Pitino?” Yeah, that kinda beat-down. lol



  20. Catlogic15
    7:13 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    When all said and done, decision won’t be Roy’s. That being said, Hairston will barely get a slap on the wrist.



  21. Cats,Cats,Cats
    7:14 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    If Roy decides to play him in ANY game, I’d say he’s pretty sure the NCAA isn’t going to lift a finger against them. Unbelievable, but entirely possible.



  22. Lousyville
    7:17 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    If you add up all the seeds that louisville played in the tourney last year they had the second easiest road in history for a title team. Not only a down year but they beat the lousy teams in a down year. Michigan finished 5th in big ten and that was your championship opponent. keep thinking you accomplished something tard fans.



  23. ahhh shucks
    7:27 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    danggumit … imma have to limit PJs first half minutes the first few games this season to teach that kid a lesson



  24. Kyblu50
    7:42 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    He talks about having a moral program, when just last year they were under investigation on giving grades the pass 5 or 6 years that was swept under the rug.



  25. Family circle Roy
    7:51 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    It is all on PJ, “NOT ME” or UNC.



  26. JLP
    7:53 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    I’m undoubtedly jaded,but I don’t think ANY high level program is totally clean. I just don’t think that is possible, given boosters, fans, poor athletes, selfish athletes, pressures on coaches, etc. There are programs that do a better job and then those that just try to avoid getting caught. I bet you could send in a crack investigative team into ANY high level program and they could bring that school to its knees. Again, perhaps I am just an old curmudgeon but I feel that way strongly. No program is “clean” – some are cleaner, some are less dirty, some are filthy.



  27. NoelGallagher
    8:06 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    must be nice being UNC & Duke can do whatever they want. Media, NCAA, TV will always paint them as the good guys & can do whatever they want



  28. Han
    8:10 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Carolina fans don’t get to claim the full strength thing since their athletic program has been cheating for longer than their players have been alive.

    They should’ve lost a lot of seasons from the academic scandal (the basketball team should have), and if half of what Pack Pride has dug up is true, they should lose last season, and Hairston and McDonald should both miss a lot of games, if not lose their eligibility.

    Full strength? It’s not full strength when you’ve been cheating.



  29. Stuck on Blue
    8:17 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    @17 (catGrad7072) – I think Corey got it right. After all, UNC is the NCAA’s huckelberry.



  30. J in Orlando
    8:43 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Compared to Russ Smith and Chane Behanan, Eric Bledsoe is the president of MENSA lol



  31. Come Out to Play
    8:47 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    #8-Come on out and show yourself you pathetic little coward. You are a little punk that needs to take his beating like a man.



  32. kybigblue
    8:59 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Just suspend him during the off season so he won’t miss any practice or games. This is what Donovan has done the last two summers and what Kennedy is doing this summer. Of course he would still have the court to deal with.



  33. Bmac
    9:07 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Roy considered making P.J. take a real class as punishment until one of his staff members reminded him that academic ineligibility would keep P.J out for an entire semester.



  34. Bledsoe
    9:15 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    #5, Algebra is math and equations not spelling. Typical Louisville fan talking junk, but does not even make sense.



  35. Bilbo
    9:28 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    The kid is friends with someone named fats…do what if he is a felon…if they are just friends then why can’t his friend rent him a car…ncaa and unc are making millions off him…

    Everyone acts like he made a mistake? What mistake?

    You guys are racist idiots



  36. Bilbo
    9:31 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    10….Zimmermann took the life of a child who was just walking down the street…imagine if that was your son or brother.

    It’s truly sad that he killed a kid because he is part if neighborhood watch.

    Aren’t you just supposed to watch…that’s why it’s called neighborhood watch



  37. notCNN
    9:54 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    You mean the same 17 yr old that sucker punched a bus driver, participated in backyard fights and loved the Lean. Ever hear the phrase “Dont bring a knife to a gun fight”?



  38. Dee W.
    11:42 pm July 15, 2013 Permalink

    He will be sent a “strongly worded letter”



  39. Dee W.
    12:18 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    36 – no, as the evidence the at the trial showed, he was shot after assaulting Zimmerman including breaking Zimmerman’s nose and slamming his head more than once into the ground. It’s a horrible, sad tragedy, certainly – but was not a situation anywhere close to what you described. The entire prosecution was politically motivated as well. They amazingly decided to bypass the grand jury because they were in serious danger of them not returning an indictment with the flimsiest of evidence – which is extraordinary because as the old saying goes, a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich just because they are asked to by the prosecutors – that’s how weak the evidence was.

    Here’s a good synopsis on the behavior of the prosecution on this case:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k7oRlMbPno

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uT1yUgbiys



  40. bbr
    8:39 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    ” Yet, I’m sure you had no issue with the NCAA allowing a kid who can’t read play for UK. Bledsoe couldn’t read The Little Engine That Could, yet he got an A+ in algebra 3. The reason UK had him take that class in the summer was because his ACT was so low. He had to take a very tough course to boost his core grades. I doubt Bledsoe can even spell algebra.”
    If you are going to act like a jerk at least be an educated jerk and have your facts straight. 1) Bledsoe didn’t get an A+ in Algebra 3 – he didn’t even take Algebra 3. 2) He didn’t get an A+ in the math calss he did take that thamel questioned. He did however get a passing grade sufficient to qualify. 3) He didn’t take the class in the summer and UK didn’t “have him take it” Its hard to be a real butt when you don’t have your facts straight.



  41. bbr
    8:41 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    “Good. Between this and the Harrison twins being ineligible, the Cards will easily win it again.” What makes you think the Harrison twins aren’t goign to be eligible. Their eligibility is not even in question. Are you making this assanine (sorry for using a big word that ul fans will not understand)statement becasue they are not enrolled in summer classes at UK? Their school’s regualr schedule did not end in time for them to enroll in summer classes.



  42. bbr
    8:49 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    “The kid is friends with someone named fats…do what if he is a felon…if they are just friends then why can’t his friend rent him a car…ncaa and unc are making millions off him…”
    1) He’s under age to be driving a rental car 2) You can’t rent a car for someone else If the car is rented in your name you either a) have to be the driver or b) have to list them as a driver and pay for such (which wouldn’t work in this case – see reason 1 above) 3) “Fats” has been associated with the university 4) It is dicey at best for a “friend” to provide perks to a college athlete. The person doing so must be either squeaky clean or a family member becasue otherwise it is very easy to be viewed as an unreasonable perk or as an attempt to gain access and influence (think agent)



  43. arlo
    9:24 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    30–tard fans think mensa is some kind of synthetic pot



  44. Megan
    9:34 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Roy is speaking to the NCAA Committee on Infractions. That’s his audience. He knows the program will take a hit this time around, so he’s attempting to mitigate damages. It sounds very much like he’s addressing the issue of “institutional control,” specifically, whether policies and procedures are being enforced. He’s obviously trying to create a paper trail, and it comes off a little defensive.

    Corey, nice use of “maelstrom.” You know, I’ve always liked that word … “maelstrom” … so rarely have an opportunity to use it in a sentence.



  45. uk78
    9:59 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    When you boil this all down the issue becomes impermissible benefits. Kanter was banned from playing college ball because his foreign program paid for certain living expenses and that was deemed a financial benefit. It was a terrible NCAA decision that somehow was not applied the same way for an exact duplicate situation with a West Virginia foreign player. But, that WVU player was banned for one year of play.

    Clearly, Hairston (and now it appears another UNC player) received impermissible benefits by having cars rented for them several times over the past year. The person renting was not a family member and there is no legitimate excuse. Then add, being pulled over for a D.U.I., a gun tossed from the car, and the renter being a felon who already lied about his relationship with the UNC program and if fairness is applied then Hairston is sitting out this entire year.

    Will that happen? No! Instead, it will be a joke ban for the early part of the UNC season, and by ACC time when things start to matter, there will be Hairston repenting, he has learned his lesson blah blah blah, and the shameful hypocrisy will continue.